California Considering ‘safe sites’ For Drug Users

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A lawmaker from Stockton wants California to take a radical approach to prevent overdose deaths: give users a clean place and medical supervision to shoot up.

Democratic assemblywoman Susan Talamantes Eggman has introduced a bill that would allow local health departments such as the Orange County Health Care Agency to set up “supervised consumption services” in their communities, typically places where people bring in drugs they bought on the streets and safely ride out their high while monitored by nurses.

“I know when you first hear about it, it’s like, ‘What? You’re condoning drug use.’ No, we’re acknowledging people are dying on the streets,” Eggman said Tuesday at the Assembly’s public safety committee hearing in Sacramento. “In the U.S., we have chosen to treat addiction from a criminal perspective. It’s high time we start treating it like a public health issue.” read the full story here,

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